Saturday, March 25, 2017

Red Cross supporting residents of Aguilar due to Power Outage

Colorado Springs, CO, Saturday, March 25, 2017 –The American Red Cross has organized a community feeding effort for the residents of Aguilar, CO as they continue to be without electric power. The wind storm that hit the area on Friday has caused power outages in Aguilar leaving over 500 homes without power. According to Las Animas County emergency management the town has been without power for more than 24 hours.

An evening meal will be served at the Aguilar High School located at 420 Balsam Ave, Aguilar, CO 81020.

Red Cross will provide the food for the meal this evening and for breakfast on Sunday. It is estimated that there will be more that 100 meals needed. Local residents have also made a request for fire wood as temperatures in Aguilar have been below freezing overnight. Anyone with fire wood they are willing to donate should contact Larry Cornett at 719-306-2925  or Tira (in Aguilar) at 719-859-4136.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week

The American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming has joined with The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the READYColorado program and the National Weather Service's Colorado forecast offices to share information that will make those living and visiting Colorado more prepared. 

Surviving a wildfire, a flood, or a flash flood requires planning, preparation and quick response. The Red Cross urges everyone to download the FREE mobile app, EMERGENCY. This one app serves as an all hazard information system that can help you before, during and after an emergency. 

Emergency information is in your hand with this mobile app that is designed for Apple and Android formats. It works on your smartphone and your tablet to bring you the best preparedness information possible. 
  • Learn how to prepare your home and your family with text and videos showing you how to create an evacuation plan and a 72-hour emergency kit. 
  • Learn the best and safest places to go to protect yourself and family.
  • Get the latest watches and warnings direct from the National Weather Service, commercial free so that you can stay informed and ahead of the storm. 
  • Communicate with family members using the I’m Safe feature, find the nearest Red Cross emergency shelter, or find resources that will help with recovery after the disaster has ended. 
“This one app can make the difference in a families’ survival,” said Mike Masto, Regional Disaster Officer for Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming. “Regardless of the event, this one app does it all.”

Colorado has more than its fair share of floods, flash floods and wildfires.  You should be Weather Ready and know how to stay safe when floods and wildfires affect your area.

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week, March 16 – 22, as Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week.  Now is the time to learn about flood and wildfire risks in Colorado and to develop your plans to improve your outcome.
Floods and flash floods have killed over 400 people in Colorado since the turn of the 20th Century.  The historic weather pattern of September 2013 reminds us all that floods are a major concern across the Centennial state.  Floods have caused billions of dollars of damage in Colorado.

On average 2500 wildfires occur across Colorado each year.  Since 2013 eight people have been killed when wildfires occurred in the wildland urban interface (WUI).

During this week we will be using a variety of social media and traditional media to get the work out to Coloradans in an effort to help you be better prepared.

More information on floods and wildfires is available at your local National Weather Service websites and at :

Friday, March 10, 2017

Turn and Test - Test Your Smoke Alarm and Set you Clocks

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2:00 a.m. so turn the clocks ahead one hour. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.
“When you turn your clocks ahead this weekend, it’s a great time to also test your smoke alarms,” said Gino Greco, CEO for the Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.  He added “Take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working.”
Video Testimonial - Don't Forget to Yell FIRE!
It’s also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared 
for emergencies.
  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, they should install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
  • Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.
Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation
Home Fire Campaign The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in October 2014, is a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent. As of January 31, 2017, the Red Cross and its partners have helped to save at least 159 lives and installed more than 702,000 smoke alarms in 9,100 cities and towns nationwide.
Working with more than 4,000 partners, the campaign has reached more than 806,000 people and made nearly 294,000 households safer, replacing more than 41,000 smoke alarm batteries and helping create more than 248,000 home fire escape plans. Through programs like The Pillowcase Project,  the campaign has also helped teach more than 707,000 young people about home fire preparedness and safety.
People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire and other emergencies. Visit to find out about smoke alarm installation events here in Utah.
 The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. If someone would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Southern Colorado Hometown Heroes

We all hope that when something happens we will be the one to step up and do the right thing. Almost daily we hear stories about people, just regular people who have done just that. They have stepped out of their comfort zone and decided to make a difference. They didn't have super powers, just a caring heart and the willingness to help. Every year the Red Cross seeks out those hero stories so that we can recognize them for their compassion and strength to make a difference. That recognition happens at a dinner that also serves as a fund raising event for the American Red Cross.

Our 2016 Heroes for the Colorado Springs Hometown Heroes Dinner will be recognized on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

This year Phil Long Ford is the Title Sponsor for the 2016 Colorado Springs Hometown Heroes Dinner.

Humanitarian Award -  Steve Schuck  - Sponsored by a consortium of individual and corporate donations.
In recognition of his humanitarian work that has improved the community and the lives of fellow citizens through his philanthropy and leadership.

Steve Schuck’s leadership has extended to many community and civic challenges, including being a trustee of the Daniels Fund and Board positions with Alliance for School Choice, Life Skills Center, Rocky Mountain Community Foundation, Step 13, the Bighorn Center, the Colorado Alliance for Reform in Education, Independence Institute (past Chairman), CACI, Kids Voting, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pikes Peak Y-USO, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, Western National Bank, Penrose Hospital, National Jewish Hospital, and the UCCS and CU Foundations.

First Responder Heroes - Bo Hutchinson and Cameron Halverson  Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
Colorado Springs Fire Department Paramedic Bo Hutchinson and Firefighter Cameron Halverson responded to the mass shooting at Planned Parenthood on November 27, 2015 as members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tactical Emergency Medical Services (CSFD TEMS) Unit. Both Hutchinson and Halverson supported the Colorado Springs Police Department’s entry teams during this active shooter incident and helped rescue and stabilize those injured by the suspect. Hutchinson and Halverson have been supporting members of the TEMs program. Their training and selfless service helped make a critical difference in saving others during an extremely dangerous event.

Adult Hero - Arron Albin   Sponsored by First Bank
Ken and Donna Holexa were lucky to have their son-in-law, Arron Albin, with them on the day their home was struck by lightning.  Arron recognized that the house was on fire and came in yelling for those in the house to get out. Arron carried Donna, who is disabled, out of the home allowing Ken to get the couple’s dog. He entered the home, putting himself in a dangerous situation, in order to make sure these family members were safe. 

Adult Hero - Michael Hagiwara   Sponsored by El Pomar Foundation
On the morning of November 27, 2015, Michael Hagiwara and his 3-year-old daughter were at the optometrist’s office on Centennial Boulevard when a gunman opened fire at the Planned Parenthood Clinic nearby. As people sheltered in place, Michael sprang into action, first helping to stabilize a blood-covered woman who had collapsed in the office’s lobby.
A Colorado Springs police officer, armed with an assault rifle, covered the entrance to the optometrist’s office to protect the people inside and motioned to get Michael’s help – a man was lying near the concrete curb outside, bleeding with his arm outstretched. The police officer had tried to bring the man in, but he stopped and raised his weapon toward the Planned Parenthood, in the direction of the shooter. Without hesitating, Michael rushed outside, grabbed the injured man’s bloody hand and dragged him more than 10 feet back into the optometrist’s office, to safety.

Community Service Hero - Tim Mitros  Sponsored by Ent Credit Union
When disaster hits a Colorado Springs property, most owners suffer financial and emotional devastation. Yet some are able to call themselves lucky because they work with Tim Mitros. He is a civil engineer in the city’s Office of Emergency Management. He’s known for his big heart, for frequent visits, empathy and encouragement. Professionals laud him for his ability to assemble subject matter experts and collaborate to find solutions to vexing and dangerous engineering challenges. In recent years he has worked with many who were hit by landslides, not to mention the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012 and the ensuing floods of 2013. “As a Bureaucrat, Tim Mitros lives up to the best things local government can give you,” said Dennis Cripps, a retired Army officer and former assistant administration of El Paso County. “it is so easy to ignore this (landslide) because it’s happening so slowly. It’s not like the flooding in Baton Rouge. I know some families going through trauma, divorce, and everything because of this, and you get a guy like Tim who’s a real public servant.” 
Community Partner Hero - Operation TBI Freedom
Operation TBI Freedom (OTF) offers case management services including crisis management, mental health referrals, classes, and emergency assistance for food and housing needs for veterans with traumatic brain injury. OTF supports many service members from Fort Carson. In the past eight years, the nonprofit has assisted more than 1,300 service members.

The OTF staff are all retired military and they use this shared experience to help their brother and sisters in arms who are struggling. At OTF there is a strong sense of family among staff and clients. Having this relationship instills in the staff a responsibility to care for those who need it and to be there when needed.

Adult Hero - Wayne Frazier   Sponsored by BKD 
On the evening of May 22 2016, Wayne Frazier had no idea what an impact he would have on another person’s life. He and his wife Kelsey headed were on their way home from some errands when Wayne noticed the smoke rising from nearby. He headed in that direction and found the back of a home on fire. Jumped out of the car, Wayne began asking the people standing around if anyone was inside and calling toward the house. He heard a voice, so continued into the house. On the first floor, in the front of the house, Wayne encountered an older gentleman sitting at the kitchen table not knowing his house was on fire.  Wayne helped him out of the house and then returned to the kitchen to retrieve the man’s wheelchair. Once Wayne was outside again he and his wife warned the closest neighbors of the fire. As Wayne came back to the front yard the first of the fireman had arrived and Wayne was able to explain what had happened. Wayne then left the firemen to do their work, not wanting any recognition, simply doing what needed to be done.

Military Hero - First Sergeant Lance Anderson   Sponsored by USAA
On May 18, 2016, in southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s, First Sergeant Lance Anderson responded to a civilian contractor plane that had crashed during take-off. Once First Sergeant Anderson learned of the situation and saw the smoke, he immediately jumped in his truck and headed to the crash site. En route, he called and asked a Soldier to alert the tactical operation center and the fire department. Upon arriving at the crash site, he took control of the situation, monitoring all that was going on and delegating tasks to the Soldiers at the scene. Of the nine crew members, two had managed to eject but sustained severe injuries. First Sergeant Anderson had them loaded into his truck and, after ensuring the safety of those left to help near the crash site, brought the two injured individuals to the Battalion Aid Station where they received the necessary emergency medical care. After this immediate attention, both individuals were then medically air evacuated to a higher echelon of care and both survived.  

Animal Hero -Lucca, certified therapy dog    Sponsored by Weidner Apartment Homes
Lucca is a certified Therapy dog that brings happiness and comfort to those in need. Along with his owner, Joan Carney, Lucca visits hospitals, homeless shelters, the airport and more to support individuals who need special attention. Lucca brings his exuberant energy to those that need a “bright spot” in their day. He often visits a mental health facility and most recently went to a local high school where a student had committed suicide to visit with the students. He is often praised for “reading minds” and knowing just who needs some extra happiness. 

2017 Media Sponsors 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Red Cross in CO & WY helps more than 170 people in February 2017

The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming responds to calls for assistance, on average, twice a day across the two state region. Of the 170 people helped, at least 60 were children under the age of 18 including several infants. Nearly 30 of those assisted were age 60 or older. *The breakdown listed below is for dates Jan 30-Feb 26 and totals 167 people.

Breakdown of the CO & WY 87 county service area:
Mile High Chapter (MHC): 52 individuals received aid; 18 were under 18 years old and seven people were age 60 or older. The MHC response area includes 10 counties in the Denver Metro area.

Southeastern Colorado Chapter (SoCO): 26 individuals received aid; ten were under 18 years old with five being over age 60. The SoCO response area includes 16 counties.

Northern Colorado Chapter (NoCO): 27 individuals received aid; Nine were under 18 years old and one adult was age 64. The NoCO response area includes 11 counties.

Western Colorado Chapter (WeCO): Nine individuals received aid, including one child under 18 and three individuals over age 60. The WeCo response area covers 27 counties, serving all of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley.

Wyoming Chapter: 53 individuals received aid; 20 children, under age 18, and eight adults over the age of 60 were among those assisted. The Wyoming Chapter response area covers all 23 counties that make up the state of Wyoming.

The families and individuals were provided a place to stay, money for clothes, food and medicine. Along with providing casework for the residents in a quick and efficient time frame, Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide support to these families going forward, by doing follow up work to ensure all needs are met and the individuals have a clear path to recovery from this personal disaster.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.